International Ensemble Modern Academy

The International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) was founded in 2003 as Ensemble Modern’s training centre, pursuing the goals of educating musicians and audiences about contemporary repertoire and identifying new forms of artistic and creative work today. The education and further education formats developed with various partners have very different target groups. Starting in 2022, IEMA, in cooperation with Ensemble Modern and the Aventis Foundation, initiated a new mentoring programme, the International Composer & Conductor Seminars (ICCS). Furthermore, IEMA considers itself a platform for various formats of discourse. Thus, in 2018 it initiated the Meersburg Concert Conversations together with Hans Zender and the City of Meersburg, a format featuring public rehearsals, lectures and concerts. From 2021 onwards a new master class, the Hans Zender Academy, completes these offerings. The main focus, however, is on the one-year Master’s programme, offered in cooperation with the Frankfurt Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. Here instrumentalists, conductors, sound directors and composers work with members of Ensemble Modern and renowned composer and conductor personalities on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. The results of this work are presented by the IEMA Ensemble of the current year in 20 concerts per year, performed in Germany and abroad. More than 250 graduates have been able to take advantage of this study programme, which is unique throughout the world.